Traveling across the First Narrows over the Lions Gate Bridge has been considerably slower than usual, even during off-peak hours in both directions, due to a bump on the bridge deck on the south end of the bridge.
The metal plate is 1.75-inches thick and is designed as a temporary road fixture to protect the bridge’s joints. There is some confusion over the purpose of the temporary fixture as some social media users have falsely called it a “speed bump.”
— Team Finney (@TeamFinney) August 18, 2015
The bridge deck is currently in the process of being repaved, and the latest work was performed over the weekend when some lanes were closed overnight to allow construction crews to access the site.
Drivers have been crossing the bridge at extremely slow speeds to avoid any potential major bounce or even damage to their vehicle. Buses that rely on the bridge are also experiencing long delays, and in some cases they have been detoured due to the congestion.
But the provincial government says there should be no safety concern with traveling over the bump. The plates will remain on the bridge for another month, when most repaving work is scheduled to be completed.
— It’s good to be King (@Jason_E_King) August 19, 2015
The construction “bump” on the south end of the Lions Gate bridge is destroying north-south traffic flow. Well done, city workers.
— reallyprofound (@reallyprofound) August 19, 2015
— Zach Taylor (@zasa) August 18, 2015
#lionsgatebridge backup today is the worst welcome back present after otherwise wonderf holiday.
— GRed (@gimared) August 19, 2015
Whoever is in charge of the maintenance schedules for the Lions Gate Bridge deserves to be hung off of it.
— Quinn Mell-Cobb (@QuinnMellCobb) August 18, 2015
— Cotton R. Dockers (@cottondockers) August 18, 2015
— K66 (@GSCKENSTER66) August 18, 2015